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Samsung SM-N950UZVAXAA Galaxy Note8 (US Version) Factory Unlocked Phone - 6.3" Screen - 64GB - Orchid Gray (U.S. Warranty)
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- 6.3" Dual edge super AMOLED Quad HD+ display
- 64GB memory with removable Micro SD slot (up to 256GB), 6GB RAM
- Water and dust resistant (IP68)
- Dual 12MP rear camera's with OIS. 8MP front Camera with auto focus
- Built in S-pen
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At a glance:
- Unlocked by Samsung
- Samsung US Limited Warranty*
- Infinity Display
Samsung Galaxy Note8 Unlocked
See the bigger picture and communicate in a whole new way. With the Galaxy Note8 in your hand, bigger things are just waiting to happen.
Whats in the Box:
- Device with S Pen
- Tweezer and Pen nibs
- USB power adaptor
- Micro USB connector
- USB connector (USB Type-C)
- USB cable
- Ejection pin
Say it your way.
With the powerful built-in S Pen, take notes without unlocking your screen, handwrite messages and make GIFs. Designed to write and feel more like a real pen, it gives you precise control over everything on your phone.
Shoot like a pro.
Whether you’re shooting in the dark or from a distance, photos are clear with less blur on the world’s first Dual Camera with Optical Image Stabilization on both lenses. Want even more control? Switch to Pro Mode for all the options you’d expect from a DSLR.
See more, scroll less.
Get a bigger view in a slimmer phone. With an 83% screen-to-body ratio, the Galaxy Note8 gives you more screen to work with and less phone to hold.
Conquer the elements
With an IP68 rating, Galaxy Note8 is water and dust-resistant so you can use it worry-free, anywhere.
Go where you want
Unlocked by Samsung smartphones work on multiple U.S. networks, so you have the freedom to pick a carrier and plan that fits your life. From Mexico City to Manila, Unlocked by Samsung makes it easy to travel - just pop in a compatible SIM card and your device is ready to go.
*For more information on Samsung standard U.S. limited warranty, go to the official website.
|Water resistance||IP68-Water resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes||✓||✓|
|Display type||Infinity Display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED||Infinity Display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED||Infinity Display Quad HD+ Super AMOLED||Quad HD Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||2960 x 1440||2960 x 1440||2960 x 1440||2560 x 1440|
|Camera - Dual pixel rear facing||✓||✓||✓|
|Battery||3300 mAh||3000 mAh||3500 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Fast wireless charging||✓||✓||✓|
|Expandable memory||Up to 256GB MicroSD||Up to 256GB MicroSD||Up to 256GB MicroSD|
|Disclaimers||*Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.2" in the full rectangle and 6.3" with accounting for the rounded corners.||**Measured diagonally, the screen size is 5.8" in the full rectangle and 5.6" with accounting for the rounded corners.||***Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.2" in the full rectangle and 6.1" with accounting for the rounded corners.||2017 Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Galaxy is a trademark of Samsung Electronics America. 1. Wireless charger sold separately. 2. Fingerprint/Iris unlocking may not be permitted for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync servers. 3. Portion of memory occupied by existing content. 4. MicroSD card sold separately.|
Note 8 Orchid Gray unlocked wireless phone. 6.3" Dual edge super AMOLED Quad HD+ display. Device has 64GB of memory with a micro SD slot (up to 256GB). 3300Mah battery, speakerphone, 3.5mm headset jack, fingerprint and Iris sensors. This also has a rear Dual 12MP OIS camera and 8MP front camera. Device comes with USB-C charger and stereo headset.
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I have taken approximately 100 pictures and the cameras are excellent. My daughter and I just went out for Chinese food and we were taking pictures of the food and several of my Heineken bottle. She was using her IPhone 7 plus and her pictures were no match for the Note 8 when our phones were held side by side. Her photos looked washed out and dull compared to mine and she even admitted her 7 plus paled in comparison. I like to take macro shots of flowers, insects and lots of other things and all I can say is woww. One shot was of a ladybug and the closeup detail was amazing.
The S Pen is more refined and I use it frequently. The single speaker is very loud and clear as is the call quality. Build quality is excellent, but I still despise glass on the back of a phone. People can go on and on about how beautiful the back is, but the same people immediately slap a case on it so its never seen anyway. Why not use some sort of a rubber or polycarbonate back and make it lighter, cheaper, grippier and definitely more durable. After all, this is a mobile device and some people actually use it outdoors and don't like cases.
Probably my biggest gripe is the additional weight compared to the Note 5. At 195 grams the additional weight is definitely noticeable and like most men, I carry it in my pocket and there's never a doubt where my phone is.
Samsung was smart enough to keep the headphone jack and I assume the SD card is here to stay. I have played with Bixby briefly, but don't know enough about it to comment on how useful it is. I had two ultra thin cases ready and waiting and the one I like best is the matte blue Bear Motion case. It's very thin and light and adds a ton of grip to this rediculously slippery device. It is very fluid and lightning fast and at this point I can see myself using only this phone for at least one year. K
That was all before Apple tried to get cute. I’d say iPhone “enhancements” started going south somewhere around iOS 8. Suddenly, instead of admiring how iOS always just worked, I found myself seriously questioning if Apple did enough pre-release testing and quality control checks prior to releasing new versions of iOS. It felt like we, the actual users, were the beta testers.
The hardware also started getting less reliable as well, beginning with the iPhone 5. I had to have my iPhone 5’s defective battery replaced under Apple’s own little iPhone 5 batterygate scandal that many people seem to have forgotten about. Our entire family owns iPhones and we’ve all experienced some strange issues at one point or another. These were issues like defective cameras (hardware, not software, requiring hardware replacement of the camera), cases coming apart, numerous faulty battery issues and other quirks. I had a 6-plus that would shut down and display the empty battery icon with remaining battery levels in the 20-30% range. As soon as I plugged it into AC power, the phone would power on and the battery charge status would instantly shoot up to 20%.
I was tiring of Apple’s deteriorating quality and angry at the fact that they weren’t really innovating enough to justify yearly upgrades. The final straw was when they revealed that they now wanted to charge me a minimum of $1,000 for their newest flagship model. That greedy move pretty much drove me away from Apple. I no longer find their products worth the premium prices they charge. Now, Samsung was not perfect either. My son owned an S4 and Note 5 and both had charging port issues wihin a year. That made me very leery of Samsung. However, the switch to a USB-C charging port as well as the fact that I knew Samsung would do everything in their power to ensure this Note was perfect after the Note 7 debacle convinced me to give this phone a try.
So far, I love it. The size and weight are perfect, even in a case. The phone is still easily pocketable despite its apparent substantial size. Voice quality on calls rivals my home phone. The screen is absolutely gorgeous. I compared it to an iPhone X in store and I actually prefer the richer and deeper color saturation of the Note’s screen. The iPhone X screen was a little brighter but also more washed out looking. I keep my Note at 50% brightness all the time and it still looks stunning. My iPhone 7 looked too dim at 50% brightness. The dimmest I could go on the iPhone and still have decent screen quality both indoors and outdoors (not in direct sunlight) was about 75%. I don’t like auto-dim feature on either phone because it never sets the screen to a brightness that I prefer when indoors. The Note screen is also razor sharp thanks to a higher pixel density.
I am not a fan of facial recognition on any device and don’t use it on the Note, nor would I use it on an iPhone. I also do not use the iris scanner. I figured having my fingerprints recorded on both the iPhone and Note was all the biometric privacy I’m willing to give up. Why put my face scan and iris scan out in the cloud as well? After hearing everything Snowden claimed, color me paranoid. I do think the Note 8’s fingerprint scanner is in a very goofy location and requires awkwardly reaching around the camera while trying not to press on the camera lens to use. However, the fingerprint scanner placement and the annoying Bixby are the only cons I can really find worth complaining about with the Note 8.
The speed of the Note is fantastic and I breeze through apps and tasks just as quickly and easily as I did on my iPhone, sometimes even faster. I have yet to experience any freezing or slowdown. I did deactivate the always on screen but only because I have an Android Wear companion watch, so there is no need to have an always on screen showing redundant data. As far as companion watches, I will admit that Apple does smart watches best. If that is a considerably important feature, I give the nod to Apple. My Android Wear watch isn't bad. It’s just not nearly as refined as the Apple Watch. On the flipside, Android Auto is much better than Apple Car Play in my opinion, especially the ability to use either Google Navigation or Waze in your car’s navigation screen, both of which blow the doors off Apple Maps, especially the latter.
I get great battery life from my Note and easily get two days of use out of a charge, even with it paired to my vehicle and smartwatch all day. The S pen is a nice tool if you do a lot of hand note taking but I find it easier to just type. The Note charges very quickly and I can charge it late at night and still have it complete before going to bed. That prevents leaving it plugged in all night and risking overuse of the battery. Yes, all these phones have built in overcharge protection but being connected to AC power still wears down the battery over time. I’ve had this told to me multiple times by Apple Store “geniuses” as they tried to claim how all my iPhone battery issues were likely my fault due to allowing the phone to charge overnight. The excuses changed after I shared that I already knew this and therefore never charge anything overnight.
The camera on the Note 8 is the best I’ve ever had on a smartphone. My wife and I always envied the photos taken by her sister with her Note 5. We would all be at the same events and taking the same photos but her photos were sharper and more vivid than our iPhone pics. That was another feature that influenced my decision to switch. Another reason was the better reliability of Google’s calendar over Apple’s iCloud calendar. I switched to Goolge on my iPhone last year after iCloud’s calendar failed to sync several very important reminders across all my devices and failed to alert me as instructed. I’d create or update important events on my iPad or Mac and ithey wouldn't sync across all my devices or to my phone.
It feels a little weird as an almost exclusive Apple user to own an Android phone. I myself own two MacBooks, three iPads, an Apple TV and I owned an iPhone 7 and Apple Watch before giving both away after purchasing this Note 8. However, I have fallen in love with the performance and looks of my Note 8. It feels so new and refreshing compared to the last few iterations of the iPhone (6, 6S, 7, 8) that were essentially identical phones with very slight and almost unnoticeable differences before the release of the iPhone X. However, $1,000 is a stiff price of admission to pay to finally get the first truly uniquely different iPhone in three years. I saved nearly $500 by purchasing the Note 8 rather than the 256GB IPhone X I ever so briefly considered purchasing. With stellar performance, a sleek body, outstanding screen quality, fantastic camera and the ability to handle all my smartphone needs just as well or better than The iPhone, Samsung is giving me every reason to make this switch permanent. If not for the awkward fingerprint scanner placement and unwanted annoyances like Bixby (which can be disabled by the way), it would absolutely be a perfect 5.
Battery is a weakest link in this phone - with heavy usage (emails, reading web, documents) barely lives whole day.
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